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Wake Me Up When September Ends…

If you’re into pop-punk or punk-rock and you haven’t seen one of those statuses yet, then are you really into it ?

September is coming to an end, and somehow, every year since it came out, at least at some point, you HAVE to have the “Wake me up when September ends” status somewhere. But tell me, do you have interesting stories about it ?

I discovered Green Day with the album American Idiot when it came out in 2004. I fell in love then with the idea of a conceptual album, where there was a story from start to finish, or seemed to be one at least.

I grew up listening to it, and to this day, it still is to me one of the bests albums of all time. Not for its political stance (though it greatly helped), but because it’s the album I fell in love with Green Day with.

Now, if you listen to it, you’ll find that there is one song that doesn’t really quite get in with the theme of the album, yet falls perfectly into it.

Wake Me Up When September Ends.

Little backstory to the song: Billy Joe Armstrong wrote this song regarding the passing of his father in September of 1982. In multiple interviews, he says it’s the most personal and therapeutic song he’s written.

Ever since the album came out, this has been my September anthem. It’s such a good and emotional song.

We all relate on some level to this or that song, but I for one, relate to this one on a higher level.

Here’s my little story.

When the album came out, I was barely 13, and when you’re a teen, life is hard if, like me, you’ve got pimples, you’re a closeted gay and you don’t have that many friends. The one thing that always kept me going, was music, and as I was getting into the pop punk scene, I was glad to have a tune that I’d be able to relate as much as I did then.
To me, belting out Wake Me Up When September Ends was a cry for help, that nobody would pay attention to sure, but it still felt good.
Take it also into account that I’m born on September 13th, and as much as I love being spoilt on my birthday, I also hate growing old. Yet that song always helped me move past this. It’s weird to say, but it’s true. That song helps me cope with getting older, having to act wiser, and having to deal more and more with adult decisions.
September is also the end of summer and the beginning of fall. I’m a huge winter lover, cause I love cracking up a fire, watching movies under a comfy blanket and sipping hot chocolate, but at the same time, there’s a somewhat sadness in the changing of seasons.
Now, as if I wasn’t indecisive enough as it is, I also love summer (yet not as much as winter) because it means barbecues, good times, beach, relaxing, and daylight out super late. Living currently in the south of France, you can guess why I love summer (every other day, when I’m not wishing it’d be cold already).

ANYWAY, September means new beginnings, but also endings. And I’m not good with goodbyes.

Every September, I get this little tear in my heart and I’m sad and I don’t even know why. Or maybe I just half-know why. And listening to this song is both soothing and relaxing as in, if it’s therapeutic to Billy Joe to overcome his father’s death, it’s therapeutic for me in the way that it helps me move past personal griefs and personal sadness.

Do you have any stories regarding this song ? Or any other song for that matter  ?

Let me know !

In the meantime, hope you enjoy the song still and that gorgeous music video featuring Jamie Bell and Evan Rachel Wood

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